Looking for ‘Dr. Right’ Following a Medical Breakup

Looking for ‘Dr. Right’ Following a Medical Breakup
Breakups aren’t easy, and I’m often on the receiving end. Getting dumped in a romantic relationship can be child’s play compared with ending a relationship with a doctor, especially when a chronic disease is involved. This year, I’m faced with replacing almost half of my extensive medical team. My primary care physician, dermatologist, and hepatologist have moved on to new endeavors. Established relationships with healthcare providers can be essential for successfully treating patients with chronic diseases like IBD. That’s why searching for a new physician can be as perplexing as dating. My primary care physician and the old switcheroo During my annual physical last year, my primary care physician told me she was retiring. I wasn’t too distraught. Our relationship was more of a formality because I needed a primary care doctor under my insurance plan. She was my physician of record for longer than I can remember, but I only saw her when I needed a referral to see a specialist or had a cold or a cough. Her official retirement announcement listed recommendations for internal and family medicine doctors. Both provide routine physicals and similar services. However, internists treat adults 18 and older, unlike family doctors, who treat patients of all ages. Also, the American College of Physicians explains that internists specialize “in the diagnosis of puzzling medical problems, in the ongoing care of chronic illnesses, and in caring for patients with more than one disease.” With my complex medical history, I needed to continue my care with an internist, and I made an appointment for my physical in October. Before we could meet, the clinic rescheduled me with a different internist because my first choice was only doing telehealth. My hunt f
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